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June 1, 2016

13 Things We Loved in 2013

It’s the start of a new year and like everyone else, we’re remembering the highlights of all that happened over the past 12 months. In addition to great music and movies and political events, there was a lot of love for books this year. Here are 13 book-related moments, events, and things that we loved in 2013.

1. Public figures who buy books, use their libraries, and support reading of all kinds. (Including country music star Brad Paisley sharing this photo from a Scholastic Book Fair and actress-writer Julianne Moore reading to youngsters at a First Book event.)

2. The spectacular new Kazu Kibuishi covers for the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter.

3. Museums and other public institutions acknowledging that children’s books are worthy of respect. We saw everything from The ABC of It at the New York Public Library to Little Golden Books at the National Museum of American History to Play, Pretend, Dream at the Art Institute of Chicago. There was even a touring exhibit of Dr. Seuss’s private collection of hats!

4. Great movies based on great books including The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Ender’s Game, The Book Thief, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Oz the Great and Powerful.

5. That when three unpublished J. D. Salinger short stories were leaked online, it made news everywhere from CNN to Buzzfeed.

6. Harry Potter asking for help finding Platform 9¾ in New York City’s Penn Station. No, really, you can watch the video here.

7. Seeing characters on TV shows reading books we love. We spied a character on Parenthood reading Divergent and Lisa Simpson’s reading list continues to inspire.

8. Katherine Applegate’s inspiring Newbery Award acceptance speech.

9. This amazing Dragons Love Tacos video.

10. Finally getting to read the next book in some of our favorite series: Allegiant, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, and The Dream Thieves all landed on bookshelves this year.

11. Great nonfiction for children and teens with beautiful artwork, fascinating photographs, interesting topics, and engrossing stories. From graphic design to parrots to Teddy Roosevelt, there seemed to be something for every interest this year. (School Library Journal has a terrific list of 2013’s best nonfiction here.)

12. That a study conducted this year concluded that nearly 70% of readers will continue to read print books…at least until 2016.

13. At the end of the day, our jobs here are Scholastic Reading Club are about sharing books with readers of all ages—and we’re so grateful for that.




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